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UPDATED: The First Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser Trailers

Dec 16, 2014

The Three Eyed Raven has been very shifty lately. HBO sent out a special message that disintegrated into nothingness to a few lucky people.  Did you miss it?  Well all we have is this screen...

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True Detective

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Nov 24, 2014

UPDATE: We can now CONFIRM that Rachel McAdams is IN for True Detective season 2!  Here’s the logline from HBO: Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective...

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The Newsroom

The Newsroom: “What Kind of Day Has It Been”

Dec 16, 2014

This past Sunday marked the series finale for Aaron Sorkin’s controversial show, The Newsroom. Public opinion on the series has swayed heavily in both directions. Some praise it as the...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Divergent

Dec 19, 2014

I’m a huge fan of dystopian literature, especially young adult novels. Having enjoyed the books, I was thrilled to hear Divergent was being adapted.  Based in a post-apocalyptic...

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Fan Watch: Karliene Sings Game of Thrones

Fan Watch: Karliene Sings Game of Thrones

In the game of music, you win or you fade into obscurity. Karliene Reynolds stands out among other fan composers with a soft voice, simple lyrics and the gentle melodies she sings, inspired by Game of Thrones. Not content with only the theme music, this fan and artist sings other songs from the show as well. Karliene didn’t start off as a fan of the books, but rather jumped in with the show. “The story really drove straight to my core and filled me with passion and inspiration,” she says. “I don’t think I’d been hit this hard by an obsession since Lord of the Rings.” Her favorite character is Tyrion, because he is an underdog....

Development Slate: Ryan Murphy’s OPEN; THE LEFTOVERS and More

Development Slate: Ryan Murphy’s OPEN; THE LEFTOVERS and More

This writer is back with quite a bit of development news from the HBO front. I have enough information actually to warrant two separate posts. These topics range from the greenlighting of new productions and signing on of staff and casts to works we have already mentioned. I must admit it is fun wading through all the potential projects that HBO is either pondering and/or actually committing to film. Let’s see if you like any of the works reported here.   Ryan Murphy’s OPEN goes to PilotRyan Murphy, the creator of Glee for Fox and American Horror Story for FX is about to share his talents with Warner Bros. He is now creating a...

Translating Stephen King’s DARK TOWER to Screen

Translating Stephen King’s DARK TOWER to Screen

Editor’s Note:  The Dark Tower has been rumored as an HBO series for a couple of years now.  There is no confirmation of the series actually heading to HBO and in fact, the glass looks murky at best.  We’ll report the latest as we get it news-wise but until then enjoy speculating with us below! Series spoilers abound. If you have yet to read the books I’d recommend starting now. Thankee, Sai. Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is an epic work with little literary precedent. The combination of fantasy, science fiction, pop culture, and meta-textual aspects place it squarely in a category that can only be described as...

Houses of Westeros: The Stormlands & Dorne

Houses of Westeros: The Stormlands & Dorne

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of Houses of Westeros. Previously, we have explored the North, the Riverlands, the Vale and the Iron Islands, and the Westerlands, Crownlands and the Reach. With this piece, we will delve into the southernmost landscapes of Westeros, The Stormlands and Dorne. House BaratheonWords: “Ours is the Fury” Seat: Storm’s End Title: Lord of Storm’s End, Lord Paramount of the Stormlands House Baratheon is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, ruling over the Stormlands from their seat at Storm’s End. Although recognized as a great and powerful house, the Baratheon lineage is actually quite short....

True Blood’s Tangled Web of Relationships, and How to Keep Them All Straight (or Not-So-Straight)

True Blood’s Tangled Web of Relationships, and How to Keep Them All Straight (or Not-So-Straight)

If you’re anything like me, the True Blood season 6 trailers are just making you itch for more. It’s been a long hiatus between seasons, and us Truebies crave new episodes like a vampire craves some good ol’ bottled O-Neg. The wait is almost over, but before we start a new season of blood, sex, and intrigue it helps to look back on all the important things that have happened between our favorite characters. I’m talking, of course, of relationships. Half the fun of True Blood is watching these relationships unfold–and sometimes get destroyed. There’s no “will they, won’t they” on this...

HBO’s WITNESS Series: DVD Review

HBO’s WITNESS Series: DVD Review

WITNESS,  a searing and groundbreaking 4-part HBO Documentary Films® series, offers “an immersive experience” (The Denver Post) into present-day conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil, as shown through the lens of three war photographers. Carrying viewers to the heart of the human drama in war-torn areas, the film explores what compels our current generation of photojournalists to get closer to battle when everyone else seeks cover. The series is Executive produced by Michael Mann and acclaimed commercial and documentary director David Frankham. In some areas of the world, turmoil is often so volatile that...

Game of Thrones Season 3 Review: Episode 6 – The Climb

Game of Thrones Season 3 Review: Episode 6 – The Climb

Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Directed by: Alik Sakharov Coming down from the high generated by the one-two punch of the previous two episodes, And Now His Watch Is Ended and Kissed By Fire, this week’s episode had a very difficult task in to fulfill. Luckily, although not nearly as action packed and forward moving as the previous two episodes, The Climb delivered in other, more subtle ways. Nevertheless, it had its share of flaws, and all in all was perhaps the loosest adaptation of a chunk of A Storm of Swords to come to the screen yet. A very character and exposition based episode, the tension was ratcheted down a notch...

Sex and the City 3: “There’s One More Story…”

Sex and the City 3: “There’s One More Story…”

Calm down, ladies!  This is NOT a confirmation of a new Sex and the City movie but do keep reading.  In a recent interview with Extra Sarah Jessica Parker aka Carrie Bradshaw got a little “carried away” when asked about a potential Sex and the City 3: “I’ve been saying…there is one story left to tell,” the actress said. “If it is, in fact, the right time and the right place, maybe we should tell it.” Okay, so she didn’t get “carried away” but she did give us a comment which is more than we can say for the past couple of years worth of Sex and the City news. She also went...

Life’s Too Short Finale Special Dated

Life’s Too Short Finale Special Dated

From Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, LIFE’S TOO SHORT SPECIAL will wrap up the story of actor Warwick Davis, a little person trying to hustle his way back into the spotlight, when it premieres FRIDAY, JULY 5, exclusively on HBO. Davis reprises his role as a fictionalized version of himself in the follow-up to the HBO comedy series. After a long cold spell, things are looking up for the self-aggrandizing Davis, who once appeared in some of Hollywood’s biggest hits (the “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” films). He’s living with his new girlfriend, Amy, and is elated to learn from fellow “Willow” star Val Kilmer that a...

Damn, HBO Must Think We’re FAT or Something…

Damn, HBO Must Think We’re FAT or Something…

Well, they must because they are continuing with their The Weight of the Nation Initiative.  In May 2012 HBO was a key component in a multi-media outreach program to address the obesity issue in America. HBOWatch covered the story about the project and the specific documentaries HBO made. Now that you have refreshed your memory by checking out those links here is a quick look at what is happening this year.  On 05.07 HBO, all across its channels, will air two new documentaries under the collective banner of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS. They will be joined by a repeat broadcast of one of the films from last year. Together...

This Just In – THE NEWSROOM: Invitation to the Set

This Just In – THE NEWSROOM: Invitation to the Set

Many are eagerly awaiting the return of Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM. We have already been reminded of its return via a  Tease and if and when a full Trailer or two arise they will be appended to that particular post. But, here to whet your appetite for the stressful, fast-paced world that is the ACN newsroom and anchor desk here is Sorkin (creator/executive producer) & Alan Poul (executive producer/director) in a video from the set.To me the most interesting information is the opening line from the show’s creator. He says that Season 2 has a “different structure” than Season 1. And, in my opinion, that is a good thing. What I...

Game of Thrones: A Tour of Westeros from A – Z

Game of Thrones:  A Tour of Westeros from A – Z

As we reach the halfway point of the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, you might find yourself becoming better acquainted with some of the terminology of Westeros. While much of “the Common Tongue” is similar to ours, there are a plethora of words, phrases, places and events which can sometimes confuse the newer viewer, especially if said viewer has not yet read the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels.What you’ll find here is a compilation of terms, places and things that should help you navigate the world of Game of Thrones, laid out for you… alphabet style. Characters have not been included, as we could truly...

VICE Episode 05: Winners & Losers – A Review

VICE Episode 05: Winners & Losers – A Review

Overview:  The fifth episode of VICE on HBO gives us three segments; one told by each of our correspondents. The first segment is MORMON LOST BOYS. In this piece we find that in today’s Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) Church, many young men have been thrown out of their homes because of edicts allowing polygamist church elders to monopolize all the eligible young girls. These “lost boys,” few of whom have even an 8th-grade education, must adjust to a drastically different America than the one they grew up in. We travel to Utah to meet some of these young men and listen to their harrowing stories. The middle segment is called...

True Blood Season 6 Trailer: “It Feels Like the World Is Spinning Out of Control”

True Blood Season 6 Trailer: “It Feels Like the World Is Spinning Out of Control”

The sixth season of HBO’s hit show “True Blood” is coming down the pipe faster than Russell Edgington can drain a faerie. June 16th is the official premier date and picks up right where season 5 ended – with Bill drinking the blood of Lilith and transforming into some super vampire monster (commonly referred to as “Billith” by fans); Eric yelling “RUN!” at Sookie after Billith arises from the pile of vampire goo that was Bill; and Pam, Jason, Tara, Jessica, and Nora riding on an elevator together, about to go into battle against the remaining security forces of the Authority. With this morning’s release of the first...

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